Just how do you measure happiness? Go door to door with a pen and a one-question questionnaire? Are you happy?
That doesn’t work very well and can be expensive. And besides, maybe, just maybe, people might LIE (stop laughing, those who have been here for more than a week).
How about a more 2014-style measuring stick, like analyzing big data to see how many smile photos get Instagramed from each country. A company named Jetpac did just that, measuring the quantity and quality (bigger scored higher!) of sonrisas made in Instagrammed photos in 6,000 cities worldwide.
AND GUESS WHO MADE FIRST PLACE?
BUT GUESS WHO IS NUMBER TWO?
Big smiley Nicaragua!
Now, not to be a frowny frau frau, but I did a little in-de-pen-dent research myself using the old-fashioned techniques tried and true…I went door to door with a pen and a one-question questionnaire and asked, “Have you heard of Instagram?”
The majority of respondents, well, 100%, actually, had no idea what I was talking about (who knows, maybe they lied).
Which lead me to the conclusion that Nicaragua is number 2 in the HAPPIEST TOURISTS IN THE WORLD!
And who is in last place?
Japan, where smiles have been surgically removed from the population’s face.